App Challenge

Reprinted from PN August 2012

Labor office contest seeks disability-related application to help employers and disabled job seekers.

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There is still time to get a submission in for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s first disability-related application (app) challenge.

The goal is to promote recruitment resources for employers, develop job training and skill-building tools for job seekers, facilitate employment-related transportation options and expand information communication technology accessibility.

Submissions should provide access to important data and resources, attract users with different skill sets and language preferences, be accessible (that is, compatible and interoperable with assistive technology commonly used by people  with disabilities, such as screen reading and speech recognition software), and consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app.

In addition, they should be targeted toward a variety of audiences such as students, teachers, employers, career counselors and work-force professionals, as well as individuals with disabilities working or seeking work at all levels in a variety of salaried and hourly jobs.

Awards with cash prizes, totaling $10,000, will go to the top three submissions, including the grand-prize Innovation Award, the second-prize People’s Choice Award, and the third-prize Above and Beyond Accessibility Award. 

Contestants must register for the contest at Each registrant will receive a confirmation email and may then enter a submission.

Submissions must be entered by Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m., EDT.


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